Major Coaching Announcement for EKC!!!

Carmen Menges

Dear Empire KC Families,

Your EKC Board of Directors is excited to announce the hiring of Thomas Baumann as a fulltime Senior Coach starting in August 2021.  As a Senior Coach, Thomas will primarily be working with the Senior group in Missouri while assisting with other groups. 


Thomas is a well-known and respected coach, as evidenced by some of his accomplishments:

  • Coached four 18 & under Olympic Trials qualifiers, 2019-2021
  • Silver Medal Club Status as awarded by USA Swimming (2020 and 2021)
  • Coached two 18 & under World 100 Ranking swimmers, 2019-2020


Thomas is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and a master’s degree in Education, Positive Coaching and Athletic Leadership. 


Coach Marjorie says, “We are beyond thrilled to have Thomas join our Empire family.  His coaching philosophy, skills, and goals are excellent matches with Empire.  We look forward to taking our club to the next level with Thomas’ help.”


Thomas, his wife Val, and 2 young sons are moving to Lee’s Summit from Springfield, MO.  


On behalf of the entire EKC Board, I want to thank you for sharing in the commitment to EKC’s mission to develop and educate athletes focusing on character, dedication, teamwork, perseverance, work ethic, and other lifelong lessons and skills through a strong, competitive swim team for novice through elite swimmers.


Also on behalf of the entire EKC Board, I want to thank our entire coaching staff for their commitment to the mission and dedication to EKC.  As a result, EKC continues to attract great kids, families, and coaches like Thomas.  




Blane Markley, President

Empire KC Swim Club